Mississippi-based artist Laeland, known as an acronym for “Let’s All Embrace Love and Never Die,” has unveiled his latest album, “look at the mess we made,” released through Nettwerk. With a fusion of rap, singing, and production skills, Laeland embarks on a personal journey through a 10-track project that builds upon his March EP “Love Is Killing U, Vol. 1.” At the heart of this album lies Laeland’s quest to dissect the complexities of relationships and their inevitable breakdowns, drawing a poignant parallel between shattered glass and fractured connections. The album delves into the aftermath of these ruptures, urging listeners to confront the chaos they’ve allowed and consider the potential for rebuilding.
“look at the mess we made” thrives on authenticity, with Laeland’s fingerprints evident on each track. His unique storytelling approach comes alive through heartfelt lyrics, home-crafted beats, and the warmth of acoustic guitar and piano melodies. Every song transforms raw emotions into cathartic anthems, capturing the immediacy of feelings in their purest form.
Collaboration takes center stage on the album, with features from fellow Nettwerk artists Snøw and Skinny Atlas. Notably, the album’s outro on “dear lovrr” features a touching voicemail from Laeland’s mother, adding an intimate layer to the project. Laeland’s commitment to forging genuine connections shines through these collaborations, reflecting his artistic journey’s authenticity.
From his early days performing for family to sharing musical knowledge with classmates, Laeland’s growth is marked by unwavering passion. Catching the attention of fellow Nettwerk artist Snøw, he achieved millions of Spotify streams with hits like “I’m in love but” and “summer nights.”
Now signed to Nettwerk, Laeland’s creativity takes on new dimensions. Influenced by artists like Frank Ocean and SZA, as well as literature and media, he infuses storytelling into his music. “look at the mess we made” signifies a fresh chapter, spotlighting Laeland’s storytelling prowess and commitment to sharing relatable narratives.
“I usually stray towards stories of romantic relationships,” he says. “I’m a bit of a hopeless romantic myself, so it’s natural for me. I try to connect with audiences because it’s a subject I like to write about.” says Laeland. The album not only invites listeners into his world but prompts introspection about their own relationships and growth.
“look at the mess we made” is more than an album—it’s Laeland’s vulnerability laid bare. Through his music, he offers solace, inspiration, and a reminder that embracing life’s messiness is a testament to our shared humanity. As he puts it, “If you’re struggling with anything and my music helps you in any way, that is beyond a privilege and honor. My number one priority is making sure anyone who listens to me feels better.” With this album, Laeland achieves just that—an empathetic, melodious embrace of the complexities of life and love.